Navajo Sweatlodges

The Navajo sweat lodge is a low profile hut, typically dome-shaped or oblong, and made with natural materials. The structure is the lodge, and the ceremony done within the structure may be called a purification ceremony or simply a sweat.

The sweat is intended as a ceremony - it is for prayer and healing, and the ceremony is only to be led by elders who know the language, songs, traditions and safety protocols. Otherwise, the ceremony can be dangerous if done improperly - both physically and spiritually.

Restival works with Navajo Sweatlodge experts the Nells Family, local artisans, farmers and healers. 

Caroline Jones